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A preliminary meeting of gentlemen interested in the promotion of an intercolonial regatta during Exhibition time was held at the Chamber of Commerce on Saturday evening. Mr J. B. Thomson presided, and about forty gentlemen attended.

Mr J. L. Gillies said that he would explain the position that the late Regatta Committee had taken up with reference to the proposed Exhibition Regatta. The Committee had resolved that a deputation should wait upon the Exhibition Commissioners and request them to permit any committee that might be formed in connection with the holding of a regatta during the Exhibition to use the names of the Commis sioners, and to call the regatta the Exhibition regatta; and also that the Commissioners should arrange as far as possible that on the date fixed for the regatta there should be no other special attraction offered. The Commissioners had met the Committee in a most cordial manner, and had fallen in with the proposals most willingly. After considerable discussion it had been suggested that about the middle of February would be the best time for the regatta. Some thought that that was rather late, but when they considered that the New South Wales regatta was about the end of December, and that the Auckland special regatta was to bs held in January, it would be seen that to hold it in either of those months would probably prevent competition. It was also thought that if possible at least two substantial trophies should be got up—one for sailing and one for pulling matches—so as to induce intercolonial as well as interprovincial clubs to compete. ' On this question Mr Joubert (Exhibition manager) had written as follows: —" Referring to what transpired yesterday, relating to the Exhibition regatta, and it being understood that yon will hold it the first fortnight in February, I will, if you like, at once intimate the fact to Sydney and Melbourne, with a view of securing a fair representation from clubs there. In order to get up a trophy worthy of this great event, I shall be happy to sub-

soribe five guineas towards this object." The late Kegatta Committee had a very substantial balance to their credit—L77 4s lOd—and this they were prepared to throw into the common fund for an Exhibition regatta. The idea was to make the whole Exhibition as much a colonial matter as possible, and this should be done also in connection with the regatta. In view of this he hoped they would all throw their energies into making the regatta one worthy of the occasion. The Chairman said that the last Dunedin regatta had turned out most successful. The first thing they should now do was to decide that an exhibition regatta should be held, and then appoint preliminary committees to give effect to their, first resolution.

Mr J. Allen, M.H.R., mentioned that there was a challenge cup worth a considerable sum that might be looked up and competed for. It had last been won at Henley by a Dunedin crew. On the motion of Mr Gillies, seconded by Captain Cameron, it was unanimously resolved "That an exhibition regatta be held on or about the 14th February." On the motion of Mr Muiß it was resolved that all present constitute the Preliminary Committee the Committee consisting of Messrs J. B. Thomson, J. L. Gillies, S. Muir, Hayward, C. Davis, J. Allen, M.H.R., M'Cready, W. Lane, R. Rodgers, Moodie, Wright, W. H. Brent, Hunter, M'Donald (Port Chalmers), D. Walls, J. Rodgers, A. D. Sligo, and Captains AnderBon and Cameron. Mr A. D. Sligo was elected secretary and Captain Anderson treasurer, and the following committees were elected, with power to add to their number:—Corresponding Committee—Messrs J. L. Gillies, J. Allen, Muir, Davis, and T. J. Thomson; Finance Committee—Captains Anderson and Cameron, Messrs Hunter and Lane; Committee to confer with Port Chalmers Regatta Committee—Captains Cameron and Anderson, and Messrs Macdonald and Gillies. It was resolved that a motion expressing regret at losing the services of Mr G. Moore bo recorded on the minutes.

Captain Anderson* moved, and it; was resolved, that a priza of 100 guineas should be given for a pulling race ; class of boat to be determined at the next meeting. Mr Mora moved " That the first prize for the first-class yacht race be 100 guineas," and Mr Gillies moved as an amendment "That L6O and L4O be the minimum first prizes offered for the first and second class yacht races." The amendment was carried by a majority of two, and it was left to a future meeting to decide the questions of classification and method of measurement of yachts. The meeting then adjourned.

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THE EXHIBITION REGATTA., Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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THE EXHIBITION REGATTA. Issue 7905, 13 May 1889

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